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One of Brasilia's best-known landmarks and churches, Dom Bosco Sanctuary was another project by architect Lúcio Costa, who wanted this sanctuary to honor the patron of the city. The structure of the building has 80 16-meter (52 foot) high columns and the interior is adorned with stained glass. Twelve different shades of blue give visitors the impression of being under a starry sky. The iron and bronze doors remind visitors of the life of Dom Bosco and leads them in to an environment full of faith and moments of introspection.
The Metropolitan Cathedral was the first monument to be built in Brasilia designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, and it is one of the main landmarks of the city. In the square that leading up to the cathedral, there are four three meter (9.8 feet) tall bronze sculptures representing the Four Evangelists, created by the sculptor Dante Croce in 1968. A 12-meter (39 feet) wide, 40-centimeter (16 inch) deep reflecting pool surrounds the cathedral's roof, helping to cool it down. Visitors pass under this pool when entering the cathedral. Try to visit the most famous building in Brasilia on a sunny day so you can see the beautiful contrast of lights.
One of the most beautiful buildings on the Monumental Axis, the Ministry of Justice building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1957. The building is a popular attraction due to its garden, the artificial waterfall and the water mirror in front of the main facade. The water curtain is known by Brazilians to represent the tears the Brazilian people shed due to the political leaders who were captured and terminated during the dictatorship.
Designed by architect Lúcio Costa, Brasilia's TV tower was inaugurated in 1967 and its 224 meters (735 feet) of altitude makes it the second highest structure in Brazil. There's an observation platform 75 meters (246 feet) high with room for 150 people, opened two years prior to the tower's inauguration. This is a good spot to view Brasilia from above. Located on the city's Monumental Axis, this is one of the most noticeable structures you see when you drive across the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge. A traditional crafts market takes place at the base of the tower, and in front of it you'll see the Praça das Fontes, a beautiful square with fountains.
The department of foreign ministers, namely the Palacio do Itamaraty is one of the finest government buildings in the city. The building has pretty landscaped gardens, a huge reception hall and all the rooms done up with ornate wood carvings that are marvelous to look at for all architecture lovers. Entry in the building is free for all and there are several guided tours available. However, open hours of the building are limited, so plan your trip well in advance at the Palacio do Itamaraty.
The Palácio do Itamaraty is the headquarters of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil. The building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1970. The palace consists of three buildings: the palace itself, Anexo I and Anexo II. The palace has the biggest hall without columns in the world, measuring an area of 2800 square meters (30,139 square feet). The Palace is open for guided visits only. The guided tours are in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English, although it is necessary to book tours other than Portuguese in advance. During the week there is a strict dress code. Please visit the website for more information.
Constructed in the 1960s and located in Brasilia, this building was declared Artistic National Heritage in 2007 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The National Congress is divided in two: the half-sphere on the left is the seat of the Senate, and the one on the right is the seat of the Chamber of the Deputies. Between them are two vertical office towers, interconnected by a tunnel to other surrounding office buildings. The architecture of the two main buildings is the modern Brazilian style and was designed, as most of the public buildings in Brasília, by the architect Oscar Niemeyer. The building is right in the middle of the main street in Brasilia, the Monumental Axis.
From this modern plaza you can see the buildings of the three governmental powers. The executive is represented by the presidential office (Palácio do Planalto), the legislative represented by the National Congress and the judiciary, represented by the Federal Supreme Court. Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Plaza) was designed by architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. It was built in such a way as to harmonize the three powers. It is now one of the main tourist attractions in Brasilia, and also the gathering place for protests against the government.
Inaugurated in 1960, the Palácio do Planalto is the official workplace of the President of Brazil and one of the official palaces of the presidency (along with the Palácio da Alvorada). Located at the Praça dos Três Poderes, this building is yet another in Brasilia designed by Oscar Niemeyer, whose idea was to design a simple and modern building. It has been occupied by all Brazilian presidents since Juscelino Kubitschek. Besides the President, the Vice-President and the Chief of Staff also have offices there. During the week, only authorized personnel is allowed in the building, but it is open for visitation on Sundays, with guided tours every 20 minutes.
Congresso Nacional do Brasil is one of the most visited buildings in all of Brasilia. Standing proudly and pretty much defining the city skyline, this structure with 2 huge towers was designed by Oscar Niemayer who gave it a snappy, modern Brazilian style. Holding within it a number of government offices, its importance is greatly valued by people of the city.
Located between the South Wing and the southeastern sector of the city, the Parque da Cidade was opened in 1978 and is the largest urban park in the world, with an area of 4.2 square kilometers (1.6 square miles). The park is one of the main leisure destinations in the city because of the variety of activities it provides. Sports fields and courts, artificial lakes, an amusement park, an equestrian center and trails for jogging, biking and in-line skating make it appealing for people of all ages and walks of life. For its magnitude, beauty and utility, it's considered a city heritage site.
Considered to be the largest mosque in Latin America, Mesquita do Centro Islâmico is the only existing mosque in Brasilia. It occupies an area of 2800 square meters (3349 square yards) and has a capacity for 1000 people. It was built in the authentic Islamic architecture-style and has a minaret, which calls Muslims to their five daily prayers. It is open for visitation every day of the week.